What is a landscape architect? We are generally very familiar with ‘Architects’ designing built structures, and with engineers making them happen, but what about the open spaces surrounding and between structures? They rarely simply ‘happen’ and require a level of thought from the modest to the sublime. Many of us are familiar with garden designers and landscapers, backed up by a host of television coverage from quick fix gardens to the Chelsea flower show design sets, but what about parks, towns and large landscapes?
The Landscape Institute define the role of the Landscape Architect by stating that ‘’landscape practitioners create and conserve great places. They work with the built and natural environment to create innovative public spaces, green spaces, roof gardens, wildlife habitats, install sustainable infrastructure, improve environmental quality, health and wellbeing, plan and manage national parks and urban parks. They also mitigate flood risk, masterplan urban developments’’.
A landscape architect thinks about the bigger picture, how things link together, and whether they will work as useable, pleasant spaces. They also consider the technical issues such as drainage, construction, volume of use, and pull this together to help humans to interact well with urban and developed spaces. The institute goes on to say ‘’there are many different careers to be found in landscape, but most require education and training in some or all of the following areas; landscape design, management, science, planning and urban design. Landscape professionals also need a mix of practical skills, an understanding of people and society, plus a passion for the natural world. The ability to bring these diverse skills together is a must’’, and that ‘’the landscape profession requires individuals who can innovate, solve problems and think about such weighty issues as regeneration, the environment and public health. Landscape professionals work in housing, health, planning and development, the natural environment in the public and private sectors’’.
Landscape Architects have played a vital role in making the outdoor spaces that we know and love today, and whilst they themselves might not have recognised the role title, include the likes of Capability Brown (18th Century), Humphrey Repton (19th Century) and Sir Geoffrey Jellicoe (20th Century). The conservation focused landscape architect can find themselves in the lucky position of working to conserve and restore fine historic landscapes, and to use these influences in their own design and development work.
We are looking for a Landscape Architect to join us at Land and Heritage. We specialise in heritage landscape conservation and development, often on sites with multiple designations and complex issues. We are also involved with garden and landscape design and ecological mitigation on new developments, which is an area that we aim to actively grow.
Do you have the qualifications? Have you developed a good working knowledge of process, design and the tools you need to achieve this? A clear understanding of standards and procedures is essential, combined with the ability to problem solve and find positive outcomes.
Land and Heritage are based in the South West, whilst working throughout the UK on a range of projects. Maybe you fancy escaping to the countryside, to surf the north coast or soak up rays in the English Rivera? Of perhaps you’d enjoy the relaxed yet cosmopolitan city of Exeter? We’ll support home or office working, and provide all technology and equipment required to achieve first class results.
We are offering a competitive salary, followed by performance related rewards. There is an opportunity to rapidly rise to director and partnership position as the team expands.
UPDATE: we are pleased to announce that Amanda Urmson will be joining the team in January. Amanda has previous experience in the private sector and with Nottinghamshire County Council. We are sure Amanda will be an asset to the company and our clients. Welcome aboard Amanda!